Gun battle with militants kills 4 Indian soldiers, civilian in Kashmir

An Indian army soldiers patrol during a curfew in Jammu
An Indian army soldiers patrol during a curfew in Jammu

19 February, 2019

India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on 15 February summoned Mahmood and issued a strong demarche in connection with the dastardly attack, conveying that Pakistan must take immediate and verifiable action against JeM.

This type of attack is "what happens in Afghanistan or Syria", said Sanjay Sharma, a spokesman for the Central Reserve Police Force, a paramilitary force whose officers were killed in last week's attack.

Arun Jaitley, who resumed charge as India's finance minister on Friday, said India will ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan and would take "all possible diplomatic steps" to cut Pakistan off from the global community.

Before Thursday's carnage, the deadliest attack on Indian security forces in Kashmir took place in 2002, when 31 people were killed at an army base in Jammu region, a lot of them relatives of soldiers. Speaking at the sidelines of Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he was disappointed by India's "knee-jerk reaction" without proper investigation.

Four Indian soldiers and two militants were killed in Kashmir on Monday, days after the worst attack in decades rocked the disputed region, raising tensions with neighbor Pakistan and contributing to a decline in the rupee.

In a tit-for-tat move, Pakistan had summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad and lodged a protest against India's allegation of its role in the terror attack.

Following the Pulwama deadly attack, the Indian government has withdrawn the security of five Kashmiri leaders and all public facilities extended to them.

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The attack last week comes more than two years after armed militants entered an army base in the garrison town of Uri, about 63 miles (102 kilometers) from Srinagar - killing 18.

Hooda has since said that the constant hype of "surgical strikes" was unwarranted.

Four soldiers and a police officer were killed, along with three militants and one civilian.

The official added that the rebels were believed to have escaped. "Two colleges in Dehradun and one in Moradabad have stated that they will not admit new Kashmiri students", it said. "To hesitate from taking action against terrorism and their supporters is also encouraging terrorism", he said.

The statement offered Egypt's honest condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured speedy recovery.

The ambassador was summoned to Islamabad for "consultations", a government statement read. While the diplomatic retaliation has already ensued, according to security observers, a military retaliation can not be ruled out either. However, incidents such as the recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama are bound to be shaking the nation to its core, causing outrage in every sphere. Some TV channels have also called for India to go to war against Pakistan.

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